Budget will benefit all, PM tells JS

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Sangsad Bhaban | Published: 20:15, Jun 29,2019 | Updated: 00:39, Jun 30,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina winds up the general discussion on the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year in parliament on Saturday.-- PID photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday described the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 as people-friendly, development-oriented and balanced one, saying that everyone would be benefitted by the budget as it would help continue the pace of ongoing development.

‘Everyone will be benefitted by the budget,—this budget will help us to go forward with continuing the pace of ongoing development to build a happy, develop and a prosperous country,’ she said while winding up the general discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament.

Sheikh Hasina, also leader of the House said, ‘Bangladesh is going ahead and it’s my commitment to build a happy, prosperous and developed Sonar Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.’

The government achieved the quality of upgrading Bangladesh into a middle income country by successfully implementing the Vision 2021 and it was heading forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and build a developed country by 2041, she said.

The prime minister said that the proposed budget of Tk 5,23,190 crore was the 11th straight budget of the Awami League government and the first one of the government.

‘We are now being praised in home and abroad for unprecedented development (of the country) in the last 10 years during the tenure of our government,’ she said.

The GDP growth was going to reach 8.13 per cent in the current FY 2018-19 while the Asian Development Bank forecasted of 8 per cent GDP growth and according to ADB, it’s the highest in the Asia, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said, ‘The International Monetary Fund has mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the 20th countries which are going to contribute the highest in the GDP.’

Bangladesh was set a target to achieve 8.20 per cent growth in the GDP in the FY 2019-20 and double digit in the FY 2023-2024, the prime minister continued.

The prime minister on Saturday also moved the Finance Bill, 2019 in the House on behalf of the finance minister as he is still sick.

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